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As you might recall, I’ve been debating whether or not to get an old jetski or a couple of used kayaks. Unsure on which to get, I’ve been looking for either on Craigslist. After spending a lot of time on the water this past week using both in South Carolina, it’s been decided. We need to get some kayaks of our own. They’re easier to travel with, don’t require gas, they aren’t going to break down and I can throw one on my car and go kayaking after work a few times a week until the lake freezes over. Hopefully I can get a couple of them sooner rather than later so I can enjoy using them this summer.
Last week I went down to South Carolina to visit Victoria. The weather was a lot warmer than when I went there for spring break a couple of months ago. The heat index was well in to the 100s. It was so hot that sometimes you just had to get into the water to cool off. Instead of just jumping off of the dock, we decided to do things to make it a bit more interesting. Here we are using the rope that we found tied to a tree and a sketchy looking old ladder that we found stuck under the dock.
As you may be able to tell from the subject, I have no idea what you call the sky at sunrise. It wouldn’t be afterglow, so would it be preglow? I have no idea. Maybe there isn’t a term because it happens so early in the morning that no one remembers it or everyone awake that early is too groggy to create a name for it. If there actually is a term for the way the sky looks at sunrise, feel free to comment and let me know.
While you try to figure out the correct term for it too, here are some pretty sunrise pics from Lake Murray.
On March 28, just six days before I went down to see Victoria at Lake Murray, a tornado hit the area in the middle of the night. It was an F2 tornado with 125 mph winds. Its path was six miles long and it was two football fields wide. The tornado did a lot of damage. Incredibly enough, Victoria’s house wasn’t hit, but her neighbors were nowhere near as lucky. Below are pics that Victoria’s husband took the morning afterward. These houses are just a few away from theirs. The news crews were filming in front of the green house starting at 5am that morning. It was on the national news and Colleen found out about it that morning on the local news here in Ohio. Tornadoes usually don’t hit South Carolina, so when they do it’s big news.
Below the pics is a video that I took eight days later. Though most of the trees are off of the houses, it’s still really bad down there. It will take a long time for everything to be rebuilt and to get back to normal for a lot of people down there.
Eight days later:
and here’s a video that I found with more pics from the morning after in the same cove:
Being that we were on Lake Murray for the week, we *had* to go for a sunset cruise each night. Here’s a video of one of those cruises so you can see what the lake looks like during the evening.
I just got back from spending my spring break visiting Victoria and her husband in South Carolina. They live on Lake Murray, which is a huge inland lake down there. It’s 41 miles long, 14 miles wide, and 200 feet deep. Yeah, that is pretty big. It has some islands that are decent sized, but no one lives on them. Everyone just lives on the mainland. It’s a mix of summer cottages and permanent homes.
The scenery is similar, but different. The area is covered in tall familiar pine trees, but there’s no rocks and there are many more cottages – so many that they are all pretty close together. Also, because of the lake’s dirt bottom, it looks muddier than the clear and clean water of Georgian Bay. It’s somewhat like a muddy water south channel or like the Portage Lakes area in Ohio with a bit of Action Island thrown in there too. Even with those differences though, when you’re on the water, it all feels the same.
I took a lot of pictures and some videos too. I will start posting them super soon. Until then, here’s a few…